SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Joseph Rodrigues was sworn in by Mayor Al Smith as Battalion Chief of the Scotch Plains Fire Department on Tuesday evening during the Council Meeting with his family by his side.

Last month, Rodrigues was serving his Marine Reserve duties in the Middle East while several of his fellow comrades were sworn in. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.